‘We have skin in the game’: Hilo Harbor land acquisition plans questioned by community, businesses

JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Several dozen community members attended a meeting Wednesday at Keahkaha Elementary School cafeteria concerning the state's expansion plans for Hilo Harbor.

JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Dre Kalili, state Department of Transportation deputy director in charge of the Harbors Division, makes a point Wednesday evening in a public meeting concerning expansion plans for Hilo Harbor Wednesday at Keaukaha Elementary School cafeteria.

JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Greg Gadd, principal broker for Big Island Homes & Land, told state Harbors Division officials Wednesday at Keaukaha Elementary School cafeteria, his business clients will be negatively impacted by the state's expansion plans for Hilo Harbor. To his right are Councilwoman Sue Lee Loy and state Sen. Lorraine Inouye.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A man walks past Ocean Front Kitchen, which is on a land parcel the state intends to acquire to expand Hilo Harbor, on Thursday in Hilo.

Keaukaha community members expressed concerns Wednesday night over the state’s plans to acquire almost 10 acres of privately owned land near the entrance to Hilo Harbor.